Near-Death Experience Changes Author’s Life

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David Kenneth Poletz looks back at a devastating accident in his new memoir, Burned Alive

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When an on-the-job accident led David Kenneth Poletz to become engulfed in flames, burning over 40 percent of his body, he was left fighting for his life. In his new memoir, “Burned Alive: A True Story” (published by Trafford Publishing), Poletz tells his harrowing story and shows accident victims everywhere that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Burned Alive” charts Poletz’s course as a young man working his way up in the trades at an asphalt plant in Alberta. When a fire in an enclosed space overtakes Poletz, he is rushed to a medical facility where he is given a five percent chance of surviving.

While Poletz did survive, the accident claimed his left leg below the knee and the fingers of his left hand.

An excerpt from “Burned Alive”:

“I am writing this true story to hopefully help someone else. The building I was trapped in was very small, approximately six feet by seven feet long and eight feet high, on the side of an asphalt tank with only one exit. After my accident, Ken Payne, who was in charge of safety, made all the pump houses with two exits.

“Doing the type of work I did, I worked with my hands a lot. Things are much harder for me to do with only one hand. But I find a way that works. Things are getting easier for me with every day that passes. I am just very happy to still be able to do the things I enjoy doing. I am restoring my 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, and I enjoy loading bullets, hunting, and renovating our home. So many people take things for granted in this world. This accident has changed my life in many different ways.”

About the Author
The accident that changed David Kenneth Poletz’s life occurred in 1992. Now in his 50s, Poletz continues to look at life with gratitude. “Burned Alive: A True Story” is his first published book.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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